Friday, November 25, 2011

Phishing E-mail for Income Tax Refund!

For those who are not sure what phishing is, click here. Basically, it is a method to get confidential information from you like bank A/c details or passwords etc.,

Well, I had received an e-mail today from Income Tax Dept. (somebody claiming so). I am pasting that here just to give a warning so that people do not get fooled and give away confidential information and being cheated in return.

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from: Income Tax Department refunds_portl11@incometaxindiafiling.gov.in

Dear Valued Taxpayer,

We have reviewed your tax fiscal payment for previous years and have resolved that you are qualified for a refund of the sum of 36,120.25 INR which is your accumulated tax excesses. Please submit a tax refund request and allow us to process it within 7(seven) working days.

To submit a request CLICK HERE

We appreciate taking the time to learn about our tax refund. It's one more way Income tax department can make your tax payment experience better.
Endeavor to fill in your Information correctly,to enable us make refund to your account without any delay.

Refund can be delayed for some reasons:

  • Applying after deadline of notification.
  • Submitting incorrect account information.
Tax Refund Department
Department of revenue,
Ministry of finance, India. 


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I knew it was phishing e-mail because of following reasons.
1. It was not from "incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in" but was from "incometaxindiafiling.gov.in"
2. Income Tax dept doesn't ask information through e-mail and more over if you take a look at the link, it was redirecting to some unknown website.
3. This week only I had got CPC processing status as Nil Tax Payable/Refund
4. Income Tax dept doesn't pay refunds of multiple financial years in single shot. (PS: As per my knowledge)

7 comments:

Readitt said...

yes that happens ,, we should careful with these phising mails..

now a days ,, a chain maill.. " " microsoft is paying you "" is rotating around

www.readitt.in - the e magazine

TheBluntBlogger said...

Hmmm!! I remember reading about a s/w engineer from bangalore who paid 2 lakhs to receive a million dollar his email id had won :-/

how can a software engineer be such a fool?

Gowtham said...

@Readitt, Yes and I have got numerous mails regarding London lottery, Yahoo prize etc., But posted this as this was not easily caught.
@Chintan, There are many who lost money. But yes, educated, especially software engineers, losing money implies utter foolishness or ignorant to the extreme I should say!

Sujatha Sathya said...

oh my god Gowtham i had got those emails too & every time i clicked, it showed page error but one day it went through & directed me to my bank details page which oh my god i entered too. shit shit shit!
the refund amt was Rs36000 & since my refund is pending from 3 years i though maybe so! what do i do now?

Gowtham said...

@Sujatha, Change your netbanking password immediately and inform income tax dept - ask@incometaxindia.gov.in

Sujatha Sathya said...

yup i did that - the paswd change
and will now write to the IT dept
thanks

gregorys said...

Hello Dude,

Tax refund is a refund on taxes when the tax liability is less than the taxes paid. Taxpayers can often get a tax refund on their income tax if the tax they owe is less than the sum of the total amount of the withholding taxes and estimated taxes that they paid, plus the refundable tax credits that they claim. Thanks.
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